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Washington Hebrew Congregation is proud to host the D.C. premiere of the docudrama, In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

I am often asked, does it really make sense to bother about the religious rights of Reform Jews when Israel’s very existence is on the line? Shouldn’t religious questions wait until Israel’s security is assured?

Because Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) fall back to back on the Hebrew calendar, Independence Day festivities begin almost immediately after the mourning and solemnities of Memorial Day.

Soon, families will gather around the seder table to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, a major spring festival commemorating the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.

Israelis can choose from a variety of youth movements: left- and right-wing ideological movements, nature-oriented organizations, observant and secular options, nonpolitical movements, and even a youth movement for children and teens with disabilities.

Standing at the southern overview of Jerusalem, I have said these words countless times, having had the privilege to join countless travelers to Israel on their journey of a lifetime. 

How do we respond to the media coverage of Israel, some of which is accurate but much of which is outrageously slanted and distorted? How do we deal with our own confusions about Israel when trying to talk to our kids? Here are four principles to consider for guiding your discussion with children.

How much do you know about Israel? Take this quiz, created by the folks at NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement.

The Mimouna festival was emblematic of respect and coexistence whereby the Muslims of Morocco would reach out to their Jewish neighbors in a gesture of harmony, goodwill, and solidarity. 

When Abby moves with her family to Israel, she misses her grandmother and remembers the fun they had with each other. Writing to each other helps, but it isn’t the same as spending time together. Abby grows more and more acclimated to Israel, but never stops thinking of her grandmother, especially while she waits for the first rain.

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